About the Office

The Research Acceleration Office aids investigators and investigative teams from across the university in discovering and applying for both internal and external funding opportunities. With an emphasis on career growth, interdisciplinary team development, and the development of globally imptactful research projects, the RAO seeks to aid investigators not just during the proposal process, but for the duration of their career at CSU

The four pillars of the RAO process include:

Strategic Research Initiatives:

This aim is achieved through diverse means, including hosting CSU research community events, centralizing and disseminating information regarding the research process and resources available, and outreach programs geared to early career investigators.

Team and Interdisciplinary Science Programs:

The growing international emphasis on dynamic, interdisciplinary team research has been answered at CSU by RAO’s focus on research team development.

Complex Proposal Development Program:

RAO helps investigators and research teams on their development of complex proposals, including pre-proposal report (opportunity searches, team building events, and more), support during proposal writing (including coordination of external support and fiscal support, editing, drafting, and review), and post-award (coordination of post-award project management).

Limited Submission Program:

The organization of the interior, limited-submission process is controlled by the RAO, who coordinate an opportunities database, coordinate LSP reviews, and deliver program info sessions and red teaming for targeted/strategic opportunities.


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